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Testing website's new server with URL prior to launch / transfer - on Mac and PC

Mar 24th, 2016 by Max Tokman

This instruction will be useful for anyone who has to test new website being build, or website being transferred to new server, prior to DNS change when all you have is a new website's IP address.  You can make changes on your local machine to associate web address (URL) with known IP address and test how the website performs when called via that URL.  Once local settings are changed, the website is ready to be tested in web browser on your local machine with its actual URL.

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The magic manhour

Mar 11th, 2016 by Max Tokman

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— With sufficient resources in place, we can now shorten the "baby" timeline to 1 month!

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Harness-B now with auto suggest between work category / technology / operator

Mar 10th, 2016 by Max Tokman

Once your Harness-B accumulates enough historical data on projects and operator performance, you can start using auto suggest between category, technology and operator. Simply select work category for new task and both technology and operator fields will get automatically populated based on historic data specific to this work category and project.
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Skip security updates and your website just might end up selling Viagra

Mar 8th, 2016 by Max Tokman

This is what happens when Drupal or WordPress security updates are ignored - nothing.  Yet again, maybe your website gets hacked, malicious code is inserted into page templates, and next thing you know, you’re in the business of selling Motilium, as happened recently on an actual website we had to fix.

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Harness-B for Basecamp Classic now allows others to see your workload!

Jan 13th, 2016 by Max Tokman

If you get swamped with tasks, let your slacker colleagues see your workload and take up some of the burden.  Whether they’ll do it is another matter entirely.

Tip of the hat to Bryan Kuester for suggesting this feature.

Harness B group workload view

 

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RIP Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10

Jan 8th, 2016 by Max Tokman

On January 12, 2016 Microsoft is switching off life support for older versions of Internet Explorer, with only IE11 remaining officially supported. This should help them consolidate the approximately 40% of their market share currently spread across multiple versions of IE, and
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Weekend read: Foundation vs. Bootstrap

Sep 25th, 2015 by Max Tokman

The answer to question "What is better, Bootstrap or Foundation" is that it depends. Here are a few pointers to make this decision a little easier to make.
 

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New Firefox 41 for Mac OS thinks your video card sucks

Sep 23rd, 2015 by Max Tokman

Released earlier this week, Firefox 41 uses different algorithm for processing DIV rotations via graphics/video card.  That affects CSS “ transform” property by creating screen artifacts or freezing browser altogether.  Many an award winning website with fancy CSS animations will be humbled by this unexpected gift from Firefox until Mozilla releases a patch or part of the new browser functionality is rolled back to its earlier state.

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Adding Google Analytics attributes to links using CKEditor

Apr 9th, 2015 by Max Tokman

We recently ran into an issue with commonly used Google Analytics plugin for CKEditor, called appropriately googletracker.  While that plugin allows adding attributes to links in content, the issue we encountered is that subsequent content editing removes all inserted onclick attributes. 

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Google algorithm update on April 21, 2015 will rank mobile-friendly websites WAY higher than all those other websites

Mar 31st, 2015 by Max Tokman

’Tis the time to be excited as Google plans to role out a major algorithm update on April 21, 2015 that will improve rank of mobile-friendly websites and mercilessly punish desktop-only detractors. How will it impact the world around us?
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